BOOK REVIEWS/ Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda + Autoboyography

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4 of 5

303 pgs.

Genre: LGBT YA Contemporary Romance of Dreams

Pub. 2015

 

This book was just SO CUTE. Simon is a hilarious most innocent smol boy and BLUE DSKFJDSLK MYYYY SHY RAINBOW.

Basically for me the plot is an adorable sunshine emailing an equally adorable sunshine and there’s maybe some blackmail weirdness but you can’t really see it beyond Simon and Blue’s precious oreo-scented emails of adorable gay love.

And I had no idea who Blue was????? THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN????? I guessed at so many people until toward the middle of the book when someone told me and I had to commit murder.

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And not only are Simon and Blue the cutest couple in the land, but SIMON’S FRIENDS AND FAMILY OH JESUS HELPPPP.

Simon’s parents adore him and that was so refreshing, to see parents cherishing and loving their child unconditionally, and the Spiers are genetically hilarious people????? MY STUPID SMILE WAS BEAMING UPON THEM.

Then Abby and Nick were the most supportive two friends in this world. I just felt so comforted by them for some reason; I knew from the beginning that whatever went down with the whole Blue thing, Abby and Nick would still love my precious boy and everything would be okay.

 

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I feel reallly bad about this horribly unpopular opinion I’m about to share buttt…..

I didn’t really like Leah??? I felt the whole time like she was being mean to Simon, or at least unreasonably difficult, and she wasn’t in the plot enough to be redeemed. But there’s so much potential for her to be liked, I loved her badass awkwardness and I NEED OFFBEAT. I want to love my sweetpea Leah.

Also.

Martin.

OH GOD.

I wanted to take Simon by his smol hand and protect him, because his heart is so pure he actually started to kind of befriend Martin????? MARTIN who is blackmailing him and using something very personal of Simon’s, his sexuality, against him. Just not okay in any universe and I wanted to PROTECT MY SON.

I’m just vengeful and Martin’s wrongdoing wasn’t properly acknowledged.

 

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AND I WATCHED THE MOVIE YESSS

 

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Nick Robinson is perfect. He is the perfect Simon. The universe loves us.

The film’s definitely more about Simon’s bildungsroman than the book (the book focused more on the freaking love story of angels), and there was a weird thing with Leah towards the end that wasn’t in the book, but it was STILL SO LOVELY.

 

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2 stars

 

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4 of 5

407 pgs

Genre: LGBT YA Contemporary Romance

Pub. 2017

 

This story was kind of ridiculous but at the same time SO ADDICTIVE. I knew it was trash but then I said to myself, bb RECALL U LIKE TRASH.

It’s about a California high school boy named Tanner Scott who is closeted bisexual when he has to move with his family to a deeply Mormon town.

There he falls in love with a Mormon golden sunshine named Sebastian who goes to Mormon college but helps teach this seminar where students write a novel in four months (because apparently some people are capable of writing more than four pages in four months unlike me.)

My favorite part is every time Sebastian blushes when he’s around Tanner

I also love the bisexual rep, Tanner explains what it’s like very well and I was so proud of him.

Overall I rated this highly based on Sebastian blushing i’m sorry.

 

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The relationship between Tanner and his best friend Autumn was SO WEIRD.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but Tanner does verrryyy questionable and strange things to Autumn. Things best friends never do no matter what, even when they’re having an emotional breakdown.

So I sadly don’t like Tanner anymore.

And of course the instalove.

Tanner instantly adores Seb which is always weird because in books the reader has to be emotionally involved.. And it’s hard to invest when there’s no dialogue, plot, etc. behind the relationship.

HOWEVER this somehow worked????? Tanner clarified that maybe he should actually talk to Seb, so they spent time together and THEN began to feel really attached to each other and Seb was blushing and I was SO PLEASSED.

Also our angel Seb (yes, even him, i’m so sad) does some very questionable things????? I don’t think I’ve ever met a more capricious character, I felt bad for Tanner because boyfriend Seb cannot be relied upon at all.

But then he blushes his stupid blush and I love him againnnnnn

 


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ALSO

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s BOOK CHILD AND MY NEW REASON FOR LIVING????

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

 

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GAY LITERATURE HAS WON

OH GOD

I’M WEEPING WITH JOY

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there’s a boy named arthur in new york for the summer and Broadway and

a boy named Ben who just broke up with his boyfriend and he’s sad

AND THEY MEET AT THE POST OFFICE.

*raises hand*

“Can I please go home because Adam and Becky are writing a book together and my heart is sailing to them and also i’m dying.”

 

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26 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEWS/ Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda + Autoboyography

  1. Ellyn says:

    I agree that Nick Robinson was perfect for the role of Simon, he did so well and I think he really got to show his skills as an actor compared to his work in Jurassic World.
    Haha, I’m kind of glad I’m not the only one who didn’t like Leah in the book? But, I guess we have to remember that we were seeing her through Simon’s eyes. I’m excited to listen to Leah on audio soon!
    Autoboyography sounds fun (though, I’m not fond of friends mistreating each other), I might have to check it out!

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  2. InAMessyWorld says:

    These sounds so great! I have GOT to check them out!! I’m not sure whether to read the book “Love Simon” first or the movie. I’m sure both are great anyway. 😀 Thanks for sharing! 😍😀💕

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  3. Marta says:

    Yay, you finally read Simon ❤❤❤ so happy to hear your thoughts on that one, I really loved it!! I’ve heard some good things about Autoboyography, I’m sorry to hear that it’s kind of questionable 😌
    Really loved your reviews for both of these and I’m excited for both Leah and What If It’s Us, can’t wait ❤

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  4. Satou Johns says:

    About Simon… I read the book… I listened to the audiobook, but I haven’t watched the movie. However, so far, I have not liked it or loved it as much as everybody does. Maybe is my old age bitterness or my perception of “this will workout 1 out of 14500” (the whole relationship and expectations)… I might be wrong though haha

    I am happy that you like it though! and your version of the book is really nice! Thank you for sharing :3

    Now, I haven’t read anything from Adam Silvera, but I find the “What If It’s Us” book kind of catching and intriguing… I added it to my “TBR” in Goodreads haha

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      I’m so sad you didn’t love my son Simon!!!!! The movie was so cute and I loved it, mostly bc I was staring at Nick Robinson who I think is secretly an angel. BUT YESSS I can see where you’re coming from with the odds of secret email lovers actually working out irl, that was a true miracle xD
      Adam Silvera is such a good writer but his mission on earth is to make people cry, his books always destroy my hearttttt!! I hope writing with Becky will make him less mean c:

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      • Satou Johns says:

        Well that sounds interesting. Because Becky seems to be the have ever after and from what you say, Adam is way different. So I think it will be quite a book xD
        Ay don’t know it is just unhealthy and to “dreamy” and what about the kinds ? Hahaha jK xD

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  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Great review for both Simon Vs and Autoboyography. I’ve only read Simon Vs but I really really loved that book (I actually re-read it this month after seeing the movie). It’s a shame you didn’t really like Leah, hopefully you’ll feel differently after reading Leah on the Offbeat, and oh my god that sucks about someone spoiling who Blue was for you. I can definitely get why you wanted to commit murder when that was revealed!
    Also I’m so so excited for What If It’s Us (Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera writing a book together is a guaranteed five star read for me!)
    Again great reviews. 🙂 ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      oh my goshhh that means sm especially coming from you c: c: my beth fangirling is TOO MUCHHHH. I want to reread Simon again, especially now that I’ve seen the movie and it’s such a fast read???? and agreed about Becky and Adam, I can’t believe something so wonderful has happened to us, what a time to be alive, a becky and adam co-write oh godddddd I’m still dazed. And Becky might bully Adam into writing something with a happy ending, which would be a miracle and blessing

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        That’s all right, I really did love your reviews for both books, and I like how you split it out into the parts you enjoyed and those you didn’t as much. 🙂 Definitely a fast read, I managed to get through it in a day so it’s one of those books you can pick up and get through in an afternoon or something.
        I’m hopeful for a happy ending, I don’t know if my heart can take anymore sad endings from Adam Silvera. 🙂

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  6. Elizabeth says:

    Simon V is so cute!!!! And I can’t wait for Leah’s book. I’ve heard amazing things, and my copy is supposed to arrive on Monday and I’m so happy! Also, I need to read Autoboyography, though I’m nervous about it.
    And I CANNOT WAIT for What if it’s Us. It looks so cute!!! And happy! And everything!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      slkdjfslk I can’t wait to read your review for Leah, I’m so excited!!!! I think I’m number eight on hold at the library, I’m so tempted to just buyy it but I bought on the entire Captive Prince trilogy this week so now I’m trying to be calm and responsible (basically opposite of my entire personality xD )
      & you should for sure read autoboyography, just to witness Seb’s cute blushing oh goddd
      & IT’S OURR BOYYY ADAM SILVERA OH GOSHHH I’m so scared, I hope Becky is our angel and forces him to produce a happy ending this time c:

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      THEY WERE SO CUTE OMGGG when they were always emotionally there for each other and they called each other adorable, oh god myyy hearrrttt. Also Leah and I are going to spend sm time together and I’m going to fall in love with her bc I know she’s actually a soft beam of sunshine

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  7. Dreamy Reads says:

    I also did not like Leah that much. I just couldn’t understand her. Maybe Leah on the offbeat will make me get to know about her more?? AND ABBY AND NICK AND BLUE WERE MY FAVOURITE PART OF THE BOOK ALONG WITH SIMON’S FAMILY. This book was just so cute and warm and made me sooooo happy.

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